The results of the 2011 BBWAA Hall of Fame election will be announced at 2:00pm today. Thirty-three players are hoping to receive enough votes to join former Blue Jays (and Orioles, Mariners and Phillies) General Manager Pat Gillick in the Hall’s 2011 induction class. Gillick is also a member of the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame, having been inducted at the Chiefs’ Hot Stove Dinner in 2008.
In anticipation of today’s big announcement, the Chiefs front office staff held our own vote this morning and we are pleased to announce that Roberto Alomar and Fred McGriff were each named on at least 75% of our ballots, thereby earning election (if it was up to us).
McGriff, of course, played in Syracuse for all or parts of the 1984-1986 seasons and hit a total of 37 home runs in 254 games. The “Crime Dog” went on to hit 493 career big league home runs for Toronto, San Diego, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Chicago (NL), and Los Angeles (NL).
Alomar, who came up through the Padres’ system, made one appearance in Syracuse, going 0-2 with a run scored in the Blue Jays’ 1992 exhibition game against the Chiefs. Alomar was acquired by Gillick from San Diego on December 5, 1990 along with Joe Carter in exchange for McGriff and Tony Fernandez.
Wouldn’t it be ironic if 20 years after the trade that shaped two Blue Jays world championship teams Alomar, McGriff, and Gillick were all part of the same HOF induction class?
Good luck to all of the candidates!